Over 2000 tutoring hours

Bruce H.

Plano, TX

$40/hr

DR. BRUCE: ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Rx FOR HS/COLLEGE MATH-CHEMISTRY

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Very patient and efficient!
— Monica, Plano, TX on 9/28/12

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Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor
B.A., Chemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major
PhD
Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee
Other

Education

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor (B.A., Chemistry)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major (PhD)

Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee (Other)

About Bruce

HELLO PLANO-FRISCO-ALLEN-McKINNEY-RICHARDSON-DALLAS! 5000+ HOURS TUTORING HS CHEM-GEOMETRY-ALGEBRA I+II-PRECAL-TRIG-GENERAL+ORGANIC CHEM.

COMPASSIONATE and TRUSTWORTHY, I am available REGULARLY DURING A SEMESTER/FULL SCHOOL YEAR, AS-NEEDED before course unit/final exams and standardized (STAAR/PSAT/SAT/ACT MATH) and admissions (DAT, PCAT) tests, OVER THE SUMMER when students encounter fast-paced (i.e., 20 day) course instruction or desire a head start in advance of Fall courses, and LONG-TERM for those who are taking or planning to take either HONORS/PAP or AP/IB (SL or HL) CHEMISTRY and GENERAL CHEMISTRY and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY and are on a PRE-MED, PRE-PHARMACY, PRE-DENTISTRY or NURSING SCHOOL track.

Whatever the circumstances, when we meet I encourage my students to be well-prepared with specific questions addressing their needs and wants but, nonetheless, always bring in additional extensive reference resources (especially for those individuals who learn best through visual means) to add further clarity and enrichment to our sessions.

I have acquired valuable academic experience through GENERAL and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY instruction at FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY in Tallahassee. In addition, service has been provided as a DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR in ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES-NURSING (CHEMISTRY 1405 and 1406, which have a GENERAL-ORGANIC-BIOCHEMISTRY emphasis) and GENERAL CHEMISTRY 1 and 2 (1411 and 1412, respectively). This service has even included opportunities for CHEMISTRY tutoring under a STEM-administered grant. Other educational activities where students have been positively impacted have continued to involve many GEOMETRY, ALGEBRA 1, ALGEBRA 2, PRECALCULUS and CHEMISTRY classrooms within the RICHARDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT. THESE LATTER EXPERIENCES HAVE FURNISHED ADDITIONAL RELEVANT RESOURCES THAT HAVE PROVEN INVALUABLE DURING TUTORING SESSIONS.

Overall, then, my students (some having attended such prestigious schools as ST. MARKS, HOCKADAY, URSULINE ACADEMY, LAKEHILL PREPARATORY, HIGHLAND PARK HIGH SCHOOL, TAMS, TAG MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL, WAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL, LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL, ALLEN HIGH SCHOOL, McKINNEY BOYD HIGH SCHOOL, RICHARDSON HIGH SCHOOL MAGNET, SHEPTON HIGH SCHOOL, JASPER HIGH SCHOOL, AND PLANO, PLANO EAST/WEST SR HIGH SCHOOLS) have and will continue to become more effective immediate and long-term critical thinkers, see their confidence levels soar, and realize their professional goals through their association with me. What more can you ask for?
HELLO PLANO-FRISCO-ALLEN-McKINNEY-RICHARDSON-DALLAS! 5000+ HOURS TUTORING HS CHEM-GEOMETRY-ALGEBRA I+II-PRECAL- Read more

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"Very patient and efficient! "

- Monica, Plano, TX on 9/28/12

"Extremely patient and thorough"

- Rachana, Plano, TX on 2/8/15

"Very accommodating and flexible"

- Sud, Richardson, TX on 2/2/15

"Good tutor but not what I am looking for"

- Anu, Dallas, TX on 1/19/15
Bruce replied on 1/21/2015

Anu,

Thank you very much for your feedback and best wishes.

"Very Patient-Great Tutor"

- Venkat, Plano, TX on 8/26/14
Bruce replied on 8/27/2014

Venkat,

Thank you very much for your objective feedback. I particularly relished the opportunity to work with medically-bound Organic students such as your son and only wish him the best of success as he continues to strive toward reaching his career goals.

Dr. Bruce

"Dr. H General Chemistry Lessons"

- Kyung, Frisco, TX on 8/16/14
Bruce replied on 8/17/2014

Kyung,

Thank you very much for your insight and best wishes as you embark on your College journey en route to achieving your career objectives.

Dr. Bruce

"Great Chemistry Tutor"

- Katie, Richardson, TX on 6/20/14
Bruce replied on 6/22/2014

Katie,

Thank you ever so much for your exceptionally objective and thorough feedback. You've captured the very essence of my tutoring approach and personality. I enjoyed each and every session that we shared and truly wish you the best of success in your future academic endeavors as you strive toward achieving your career objectives.

"Great tutor!"

- Larisa, Frisco, TX on 6/20/14

"Bruce H. Is A Rare Find"

- Tatiana, Flower Mound, TX on 5/25/14
Bruce replied on 5/27/2014

Tatiana, thank you very much for your kind and objective feedback. It was a true pleasure to have successfully mentored your son through his entire year of Organic Chemistry. I looked forward to each and every meeting because he was always enthusiastic and well-prepared with questions whether they were based on class notes, book problems, or practice exams.

I look forward to assisting him with his future Biochemistry needs as he continues his diligent work toward achieving his career objectives.

"Brilliant Tutor"

- Terri, Richardson, TX on 10/24/13
Bruce replied on 10/24/2013

Terri,

Having successfully guided you son through both Algebra 2 and Chemistry last school year, I have no doubts that he will succeed in precalculus this current school year under my mentorship.

"Good orgo tutor."

- Nina, Dallas, TX on 8/26/13
Bruce replied on 8/26/2013

Nina,

It was a pleasure to have assisted you with clear explanations of core General Chemistry and introductory Organic topics in preparation for your upcoming Fall university Organic Chemistry experience.

Best wishes for a successful academic year and in working towards fulfilling your career aspirations.

Dr. Bruce

"Knowledgeable, Very Patient, Gives Examples"

- Lauren, Dallas, TX on 7/17/13
Bruce replied on 7/18/2013

Lauren,

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have successfully mentored you through both the regular semester of Gen. Chem. I and the fast-paced summer session of Gen. Chem. II. You are correct in that I derive tremendous satisfaction out of presenting numerous examples of the topic under discussion in order for the student to more clearly understand it.

I'll certainly be ready and available to successfully guide you through 2nd semester of Organic Chemistry as you strive toward achieving your career aspirations.

"Chem Guru!"

- R, Coppell, TX on 7/15/13
Bruce replied on 7/15/2013

Thank you very much, R., for your exceptionally well-thought-out feedback. You have captured the very essence of my tutoring style and the types of relationships with clients that are most likely to lead to their long-term successes.

I'm glad that you had a superb experience in Gen. Chem. II through my guidance. I certainly look forward to continuing our working relationship with Organic Chemistry as you strive toward achieving your career aspirations.

"Committed Tutor"

- Marcia, Carrollton, TX on 7/14/13
Bruce replied on 7/19/2013

Thank you very much, Marcia, for your kind feedback.

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have guided your daughter to highly-successful outcomes on both the SAT Chemistry Subject Test and the AP Chemistry Exam. These have been among my major objectives in desiring to work with AP Chemistry students.

You hit the nail right on the head, Marcia, in terms of the value of teamwork in achieving student success.

Best wishes to both you and your daughter.

"My son successfully passed!"

- Deborah, Richardson, TX on 6/12/13
Bruce replied on 6/13/2013

Deborah, thanks so much for your well-thought out response. I thoroughly enjoyed working with your son at each session, be it for just Algebra 2, Chemistry, or a little of both.

The fact that he was receptive and prepared at each meeting and with a clear sense of what he wanted to accomplish went a long way toward his achieving his ultimate success. I was, as always, delighted to have played a major role in helping him attain his goals. Best wishes!

"Excellent tutor"

- Nailya, Dallas, TX on 5/10/13
Bruce replied on 5/13/2013

Nailya,

It was, indeed, a pleasure to have assisted your daughter on a regular basis with her AP Chemistry class. I love challenges, and the AP Chemistry course provided plenty of them on an ongoing basis.

Your daughter was always prepared at sessions and with a clear sense of what she wanted to accomplish. I extend my best wishes to her for future academic success as she strives toward fulfilling her professional goals.

Sincerely,

Bruce

"Great Chemistry tutor"

- Nikhil, Allen, TX on 5/5/13
Bruce replied on 7/18/2013

Thank you very much for your kind feedback concerning the impact that my multi-month tutoring sessions had on Nikhil's achievement. It was, indeed, a pleasure to have worked with him on a twice per week basis and to have consistently observed how focused and prepared he was at each session with the most challenging questions from his AP Chemistry course. Congratulations to him on his having achieved a 780 on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test and a 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam.

"Knowledgeable but Impatient"

- Krissy, Sachse, TX on 3/23/13
Bruce replied on 3/30/2013

Krissy,

Thank you very much for having provided feedback concerning your recent tutoring experience with me for General Chemistry 2.

Several issues that were raised in your correspondence require further clarification in order to put the whole experience in its proper context.

First, you informed me from the beginning that you were weak in General Chemistry 1 and received a subpar grade in this course. The topics in General Chemistry 2 were becoming increasingly more complex and would continue in that fashion as the course unfolded. Problems required a higher level of critical-thinking skills and also incorporation of a number of key concepts from General Chemistry 1. In addition, mathematical skills such as handling logarithms, solving quadratic and simple Algebra 1 equations, and setting up and solving proportions all required mastery in order to successfully handle current problems.

Second, as our sessions progressed, my assessment was that there were just too many past weak links that required remediation in the limited amount of session time I could devote to have eventually brought you up to speed for success. Not having read a chapter (or at least its summary) due to lack of time and prior to a session only compounded matters.

Since many students, particularly those planning to enter the medical field, require an additional year of Organic Chemistry, it becomes even more vital for success to have acquired a strong mastery of both General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2 core topics.

Yes, I admit that sometimes I appear tough, but this comes from many years experience of knowing the necessary skills for success and having had an intense personal interest in both the short- and long-term welfare of all of my students. I was just attempting to be honest and open.

Accordingly, based upon the aforementioned, I was not your best fit for your overall situation.

Best wishes,

Bruce H.

"Did what we needed him to do."

- Dan, Allen, TX on 11/12/12
Bruce replied on 11/13/2012

Dan, thanks very much for your feedback. I'm delighted that your daughter noticeably improved on her SAT retake. Best wishes.

"Great tutor"

- Kavitha, Frisco, TX on 10/8/12

"Very responsible tutor available according to student's schedule!"

- Troy, Dallas, TX on 8/7/12

"Thorough and Patient Tutor"

- Susan, Richardson, TX on 6/6/12
Bruce replied on 6/17/2013

Susan,

After the positive experience in having worked with your son in Pre-AP Algebra 2, I wish to thank you so much for, once again, having selected me to guide him to success in Precalculus over the majority of this recently-concluded schoolyear. It was very satisfying to know that my style of breaking down complex concepts in both Algebra 2 and Precalculus into simpler parts will serve him well when he proceeds into Calculus.

Best wishes!
Bruce

"A Pleasure"

- Lauren, Dallas, TX on 5/29/12

"Goes step by step!"

- E, Plano, TX on 5/17/12

"Great Tutor"

- Merlin, Allen, TX on 2/13/12

"Very patient and knowledgeable"

- Raya, Allen, TX on 1/16/12

"Very good teacher and tutor"

- Brandon, Denton, TX on 9/10/11

"A very patient and knowledgeable tutor"

- Seth, Lavon, TX on 8/10/11
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ASVAB,
GMAT, GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math
Corporate Training:
GMAT

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ACT Math

I have ACT math resources which can be used to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses from the onset. Skill building strategies can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement.

Algebra 1

Easily dealt with are the following topics routinely covered in middle or high school Algebra I: handling equations(particularly in word problems), solving inequalities, explaining a variety of functions(including graphical interpretation), solving systems of linear equations and linear inequalities, handling exponents and polynomials, factoring polynomials, handling exponential and radical functions, and dealing with rational functions and equations.

As an additional resource I also possess an Algebra I "Teacher's Edition" text.

Algebra 2

I can handle most topics in Algebra II and College Algebra and am especially strong in word problems, exponents, solving both logarithmic and radical equations, factoring polynomials, simplifying expressions involving both radicals and complex numbers, and describing the behavior (domain, range, presence of asymptotes) of a variety of functions, including inequality(to include absolute value), rational, inverse, and transformed. Conic sections is also a familiar area of expertise.

As an additional resource I also possess an Algebra II "Teacher's Edition" text.

Word problems are a particular challenge for a number of students for whom the following steps must first be modeled: 1) drawing an appropriate diagram, if required, 2) establishing the correct algebraic representation(s) for the unknown(s) and then using this information to label the correct part(s) of the diagram, as needed, 3) linking together the algebraic representations by the correct math operations required by the problem, 4) carrying out the algebraic manipulations to solve for the unknown(s), and 5) checking the solution(s) for both accuracy and mathematical validity.

ASVAB

I will assist clients with the verbal, mathematics and science sections of the ASVAB test.

Particular strengths are in unfamiliar word meanings deduced from context clues and in mathematics problems requiring both reading comprehension and correct algebraic representations and setups.

Biochemistry

My vast knowledge of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and 21st century Human Nutrition enables me to understand and explain many Biochemistry concepts.

I have also taught multiple times a college-level General/Organic/Biochemistry hybrid course.

Chemistry

I am exceptionally knowledgeable in every important topic that is a part of each level (regular, honors, pre-AP, AP, and IB) of high school chemistry and that is also a component of college allied health sciences-nursing (1405, 1406, and 1407) and GENERAL I (1411) and II (1412) chemistry. This expertise also includes thorough handling of the procedures and calculations involved in laboratory experiments for both AP and college-level chemistry. More and more, students, especially college-level and high school AP level, are requiring assistance with both lab and lecture information during a lesson, particularly during a fast-paced summer session.

I also have keen insight into successfully handling online MASTERING CHEMISTRY assignments for INTRO and also GENERAL I and II.

In addition, I have successfully worked with students in preparation for the SAT Chemistry subject test, the AP Chemistry exam, and the Chemistry sections of the PCAT. I am also very familiar with both the Zumdahl and Brown, LeMay and Bursten textbooks that are used in many school districts' AP Chemistry courses.

Even more, I have the talent to completely and simplistically explain any topic so that the student will easily grasp it and then use it to successfully learn a new bit of related information. A good case in point is a demonstration of a blueprint model of the unit factor method for solving many types of quantitative conversion calculations, especially those dealing with reaction stoichiometry, encountered in chemistry.

Elementary Math

Students at the elementary level, particularly in grades 5 and 6, have been successfully tutored in math.

With patience I break down problems(particularly word applications)into parts that are simple for students to understand.

My approaches are also adaptable to different learning styles.

Geometry

I easily handle any topic (including applications problems) covered in a regular, PAP, or honors geometry course and am excellent in both inductive and deductive reasoning, the various methods for proving polygons both congruent and similar, and the interplay between algebra and geometry in word problem situations.

GRE

I have very keen insight into general mathematical, algebraic, and geometric concepts such that effective problem-solving strategies of the types emphasized on the GRE can be modeled for the student.

Nutrition

I am exceptionally knowledgeable in the principles of 21st century macronutrient-/micronutrient-balanced nutrition and have used them to create an international food pyramid after having conducted extensive research on the most nutrient-rich worldwide eating patterns. Regular adherence to these practices has provided me with consistently high energy and focusing ability, both of which have been major contributors to my success as a tutor.

Based upon sharing the aforementioned knowledge and in addition to my ability to foster development of heightened critical-thinking abilities during tutoring sessions, I am a particularly valued asset to those students who aspire to become doctors, dentists, pharmacists and physicians' assistants.

My fact sheets, "The Maximum Mental Health Diet," are designed around the core principles embodied in my food pyramid and are offered to any client upon request at the first or subsequent tutoring session.


Organic Chemistry

To all Organic students who are either PRE-MED or related health professions bound: Please don't allow your potential fear of Organic Chemistry to sweep away your aspirations for achieving your career goals. I am here to solidly support you every step of the way.

I have a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and have gained much experience utilizing Organic Chemistry in the private sector, teaching Organic Chemistry concepts within both 2-year and 4-year colleges, as well as having tutored private clients in both first semester and second semester Organic Chemistry.

Nomenclature by IUPAC rules, interpretation of spectral data (NMR, IR, mass spectrometry), all types of isomerism, chirality, functional group chemistry, reaction mechanisms, cycloaddition reactions, organometallic chemistry, carbanion reactions, and substitution/elimination reactions are particular areas of expertise.

My strong background in General Chemistry I and II enables me to much more effectively explain many features occurring in the two semester sequence of Organic Chemistry. For this very reason a number of students partner with me during the Summer to get a heads-up for Fall Organic I or II. During this time, their strengths and weaknesses in a variety of core General Chemistry topic areas are assessed and remediated, if needed. This process significantly cuts down on the amount of memorization required for success in O-Chem. PLEASE AVAIL YOURSELVES OF THIS OPPORTUNITY SO THAT COURSES DO NOT HAVE TO UNNECESSARILY END UP BEING REPEATED AT A LATER TIME.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is that critical point between the student's prior math experiences and the more challenging upcoming courses in algebra and geometry. With my skill set in the basic handling of numbers and the symbolic representation of numbers and ideas, I will build up the confidence level of the student through patience and encouragement. This will establish a strong foundation for future studies.

Performance exceeding 90% was achieved on the Texas State Educator's Gr. 4-8 Math Exam.

Precalculus

I am proficient with general functions and graphs, polynomial, rational, radical, absolute value, exponential and logarithmic functions and their various transformations, fundamental trigonometric concepts, including the Laws of Sines and Cosines in applications problems, the cosine and sine of angle sum and difference formulas, handling trigonometric identities and polar coordinates, solving systems of equations in 2 or 3 variables, parametric equations, vectors and their applications, and graphing conic sections.

SAT Math

I have multiple SAT resources which can be used from the onset to diagnose students' particular strengths and weaknesses in geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Skill building strategies can then be modeled and implemented to bring students to higher levels of achievement on simulated tests.

Trigonometry

I can handle most topics in trigonometry and am especially strong in application-type problems, converting between degrees and radian measure and polar and rectangular coordinates, solving trigonometric equations, simplifying trigonometric expressions and identities, graphing trigonometric functions and their transformations, and applying the Laws of Sines and Cosines to practical problems.

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor
B.A., Chemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major
PhD
Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee
Other

Education

Los Angeles Valley College/University of California, Riverside, Math Minor (B.A., Chemistry)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Inorganic Chemistry Minor/Organic Chemistry Major (PhD)

Florida State University/Florida A&M University, Tallahassee (Other)

Very patient and efficient! — I highly recommend Bruce for math and chemistry tutoring! He is extremely accommodating, patient and knowledgeable. I needed a dual math and chemistry tutor for the PCAT examination. This exam is the pharmacy school entrance exam and the testing material had basic to organic chemistry, algebra 1, 2, pre-calculus and calculus 1. Bruce taught me the "unit factor method" along with test taking strate ...

— Monica, Plano, TX on 9/28/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Bruce will travel within 20 miles of Plano, TX 75023.

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